‘Babies born into slavery’: The trafficking crisis at Uganda’s orphanages (The Guardian, oct,13, 2019)

Most orphanages in Uganda profit through well-meaning overseas donors who make regular payments towards the child’s wellbeing, yet in reality little of this money is spent on care or education.They often suffer from developmental delay, show little emotion (with the exception of aggression), don’t speak and trust no one.Like the trafficked children on the streets, they too are forced into unpaid labour, giving a double income for the orphanage owners. Consequently, the number of orphanages keeps going up. Last year Unicef estimated the number of children living in orphanages in Uganda to be about 2.7 million. But changes are taking place. Social workers across Uganda have been advocating for new systems  to replace the culture of orphanages, and now the government is reviewing their operations.